Originally Posted by AlanHallJr
Could anybody tell me about Blu-Ray player picture quality over an upconvert DVD player?
Will DVDs and streaming movies look great straight up (with minimal picture changes) and not grainy-as-hell like my DVD player?
This is an interesting question, and one I've been grappling with for a long time. That is, how necessary is Blu-ray, given a good upconversion of regular DVDs on a given screen size?
Most all Blu-ray players will upconvert regular DVDs, and some do this better than others (as another poster just mentioned). I'd check some reviews to find out which players do the best upconversion. Oppo has a great reputation for this, at a price. I chose a Panasonic BD-60 about a year ago, based on a review mentioning good upconversion, and have been highly impressed by this player.
Concerning movies, I think there are two main factors: (1) Are you buying discs? and (2) How large a screen do you have?
If you intend to collect Blu-ray movies, you know how expensive they are. Regular DVDs are coming out in restored versions for less than half the price of the Blu-ray releases. Perhaps the latter will come down in price in a few years (and maybe regular DVDs won't exist) but the specifics remain uncertain.
For streaming movies, price isn't a real consideration.
My final opinion is that if you own a 47" screen or less, you don't need Blu-ray. Upconverted high-quality DVDs are easily as sharp as what you'd see in a motion picture theater. You'll see a bit more fine detail with Blu-ray, but will you care, given high quality upconversion?
And there's a downside. If you like older movies, 1080p Blu-ray can actually expose characteristics in the film that the director never intended---such as painted backdrops or special effects that suddenly appear fake under 1080 scrutiny. With some movies, in other words, Blu-ray can be overkill.
But if you're stting 10 feet away from a 50" screen, you'll need the extra resolution of Blu-ray.
Other opinions welcome.